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Kerry Mountain Rescue Team

New Road, Killarney, Ireland
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Kerry Mountain Rescue Team is a voluntary rescue team that provides a 24-7-365 on call mountain rescue service in the mountains of southwest Ireland. Kerry Mountain Rescue Team is made up of of 35 entirely voluntary members who are on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year  to respond to anyone who is in distress in the mountains of southwest Ireland.

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Some pics from a recent training exercise in Cummeenagearagh. Topics covered included belay set-ups, stretcher lowering and first aid.

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Kerry Mountain Rescue Team would like to extend sincerest condolences to team member John Cronin and his family on the recent passing of his mother Eileen Cronin. Eileen was a great friend to the Team and to the wider mountaineering community, and she will be very sadly missed by all. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam. (Image courtesy of Valerie O'Sullivan)

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CALLOUT: Central Gully, Corrán Tuathail, 30th November At 13:45 last Wednesday afternoon, Kerry Mountain Rescue Team were called out to an incident on Corrán Tuathail. An English woman in her 40’s had slipped and fallen whilst descending Central Gully with her climbing partner. With the assistance of Rescue 115 Coastguard Helicopter, equipment and rescue personnel were airlifted onto the mountain from Ard na Locha in the Hags Glen. Having abseiled from near the summit, members of the team treated the casualty at the scene of the incident for head and suspected spinal injuries, before beginning a long stretcher lower covering over 2,400ft of vertical descent over extremely difficult terrain. The casualty was then brought by team landrover from Ard na Locha to Kissane’s Cottage, where she was transferred to a waiting ambulance and brought to Kerry University Hospital for further treatment. The callout concluded at approximately 22.00. 30 members of KMRT were involved in the rescue operation.

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WINTER CONDITIONS WARNING MESSAGE - November 2016. The following is a warning message issued by Kerry Mountain Rescue Team. Walkers and climbers are advised to stay away from steep ground in the McGillycuddy's Reeks, unless they are experienced in winter mountaineering and are well equipped for winter conditions. Walkers and climbers are advised to apply this advice to all the high mountains of Kerry at present.

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Some living history..... In 1967 Corkman Bill Collins was rescued by the newly-formed Kerry Mountain Rescue Team from the East face of Corrán Tuathail after sustaining serious injuries during a rockfall (the feature is now widely known amongst climbers as "Collins' Gully"). The rescue was an all-night operation in appalling conditions and with minimal equipment, and is still regarded as one of the all-time epic mountain rescues in Ireland. During it's 50th Birthday celebrations at the weekend, Kerry Mountain Rescue Team was privileged to host Bill Collins himself, his climbing partner Con Horgan and several of the original rescuers, including Eric Brick and John O'Sullivan. In the photographs below, Eric Brick is on the far left in the top photo and far right in the original 1967 photo, John O'Sullivan is second left and far left respectively, and Bill Collins himself is far right in the top photo and being transferred from the stretcher in the 1967 photo. Con Horgan (who made a heroic solo descent to raise the alarm in 1967) is second right in the top photo. (top photo courtesy Valerie O'Sullivan, 1967 photos taken by the late Padraig Kennelly).

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Kerry Mountain Rescue Team | 24/7 Service covering South West Ireland

Check out our new website! http://kerrymountainrescue.ie/ Massive thanks to team stalwart and web designer extraordinaire Cathal Cudden for all his hard work putting this together, and getting it launched ahead of our anniversary celebrations this weekend. Special mention also to Valerie O'Sullivan for her wonderful photographs, and to all team members past and present who contributed.

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Training Today: Crag Rescue, Personal Rope Skills, Spinal Lift

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Kerry Mountain Rescue Station Open Day 22nd October 2016.

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KMRT would like to wish the very best of luck to team member Piaras Kelly on his upcoming expedition to the Sikkim region of the Himalayas. Piaras will be part of a strong Irish team attempting to establish new routes in the area. Have a safe and enjoyable adventure lads ! 😉

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Kerry Mountain Rescue 50th Anniversary Celebrations

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RECENT CALLOUTS: Cummenapeasta Ridge and Hungry Hill Cummenapeasta Ridge, 27th August 2016 On Saturday evening 20 members of Kerry Mountain Rescue Team were called to the assistance of a walker on the Cummenapeasta Ridge. Low fog on the ridge prevented the Coast Guard Helicopter reaching the walker directly. Instead, the helicopter lifted Team members and equipment up to Lough Cummenapeasta, from where the Team climbed up onto the ridge. The walker, a male in his thirties and his companions were located, given first aid treatment and walked off the mountain.The Team returned to base at 12:15 am. Hungry Hill, 12th September 2016 At 23.30 on 12th September, Kerry Mountain Rescue Team was called to assist the Coast Guard Unit from Castletownbere with the rescue of a tourist family from a crag on the south side of Hungry Hill on the Beara Peninsula.The family of 4 had become crag-fast on a small ledge near a waterfall late in the evening. Members of the Coast Guard Unit hoisted the individuals to safety on a larger ledge further up the crag, where they were short-roped down to lower ground by members of the KMRT. 20 members of the KMRT were involved in the operation, which concluded at Rescue Base at 05.00.

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Kerry Mountain Rescue Team would like to express their deepest condolences to the family, friends and rescue colleagues of Caitríona Lucas, following her tragic passing in the line of duty this week. Caitríona was well known to members of the team both through her participation with the Coast Guard and her involvement with SARDA. Her death has shocked and saddened all of us in the voluntary rescue services, and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time. May she rest in peace. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/coast-guard-death-caitr%C3%ADona-lucas-first-to-sign-up-for-search-1.2790161

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